(ca. December 1870 - March 25, 1932)The son of a former slave, Willie M. (Bill) Pickett grew up in Taylor. Working as a cowboy in central Texas, he pioneered the art of "bulldogging," in which a cowboy jumps from his horse to twist a steer's horns to force it to the ground. One of the few Black cowboys on the rodeo circuit, Pickett became a sensation, performing in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. He retired in Oklahoma in 1930 and died two years later from injuries sustained in a riding accident. In 1971 he became the first African American cowboy inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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|Placed By||The Texas Historical Commission and the Woodson-Dickey History Club|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 9:09pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14R E 652529 N 3383167|
|Decimal Degrees||30.57128333, -97.40943333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 34.277', W 97° 24.566'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 34' 16.62" N, 97° 24' 33.96" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 400-498 N Main St, Taylor TX 76574, US|
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